All stories by Shekhar Gupta
India is talking to the Taliban because the Taliban are winningRediff.com5 days ago
But why should India be talking to the Taliban in the first place? There is no love lost there. India will never forget or forgive the humiliation to which the Taliban subjected it in the IC-814 hijack, notes Shekhar Gupta.
Why Voters Love ModiRediff.com15 Jul 2021
If the BJP wins by getting Hindu voters to consolidate, its opponents can't beat it by bundling together the Muslims and some of the 'others', observes Shekhar Gupta.
Is Yogi, not Modi, the BJP's future?Rediff.com30 Jun 2021
Mr Modi and Mr Shah will need him if they want to win UP again in 2022 and India in 2024. This signals a Yogi Adityanath-sized change in BJP politics, even under Mr Modi, Shekhar Gupta.
Can Congress make Modi's 2024 bid more challenging?Rediff.com9 Jun 2021
Congress is the only other horse in the race for national power, never mind how distant. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah know better than to take the Congress lightly, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi's Self-Created Perfect StormRediff.com20 May 2021
Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades, asserts Shekhar Gupta.
Modi's biggest crisis yetRediff.com28 Apr 2021
This is a national leadership gone so wrong that India's most powerful prime minister in four decades has personally taken charge of medical oxygen shortages, observes Shekhar Gupta.
What is working for Modi if not the economy?Rediff.com21 Apr 2021
Flurry of economic reform suggests Modi realises his muscular nationalism script is getting jaded. Chances are he'll try for economic recovery but stick to what's worked so far, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi can't afford to look like a loser on national securityRediff.com15 Apr 2021
'Modi-Shah have understood the risks their cynical mixing of domestic political motivations with strategic national interests was soon going to become counterproductive asserts Shekhar Gupta.
Why Pak army chief is talking about peace...Rediff.com9 Apr 2021
'The picture only looks worse from where Bajwa sits.' 'He sees a domineering India to the east, an unravelling Afghanistan and a complex Iran to the west, an overbearing China on the north and a US which is no longer an ally,' observes Shekhar Gupta.
Why is Rahul missing in action?Rediff.com15 Mar 2021
On all key issues, Congress is MIA, sighs Shekhar Gupta.
China or Pakistan? Who should Modi make peace with?Rediff.com12 Mar 2021
India must break out of this strategic triangulation between China and Pakistan. We need to settle our issues with one of the two, notes Shekhar Gupta.
Battle lines in Indian politics have been drawnRediff.com3 Mar 2021
Not all change is good, but this one is, applauds Shekhar Gupta.
All hail Modi's 1st BJP BudgetRediff.com19 Feb 2021
The Modi government is notoriously honest about one fact: It does not listen to economists, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi has lost the battle on farm lawsRediff.com18 Feb 2021
This crisis requires political sophistication and governance skills. This BJP has neither, observes Shekhar Gupta.
How can you measure democracy?Rediff.com15 Feb 2021
There is a vocal constituency of educated, well-to-do, articulate Indian elites who would rather go with the idea that too much democracy is a liability. That India needs a spell of benevolent dictatorship. Of course, they have never lived under one, points out Shekhar Gupta.
Why Modi-Shah failed to convince the farmersRediff.com4 Feb 2021
In politics, if your objective is only winning elections, just Chanakya neeti might do. For governance you need both, Chanakya neeti and Ram Rajya. You can neither beat up the farmers into submission, nor dismiss them as 'Khalistanis', asserts Shekhar Gupta.
Pranab vs Sonia-Rahul: Who won?Rediff.com23 Jan 2021
Pranabda hasn't given us any indication of the tough period when he realised Sonia Gandhi had decided to give the presidency not to him, but to then vice-president Hamid Ansari. He wrested the presidency from her, and handed her the biggest defeat of her UPA years, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Why Modi should be worried about this dataRediff.com18 Jan 2021
At some stage this fall in the quality of life will begin to hurt anybody's popularity, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Do Modi-Shah understand Punjab politics?Rediff.com10 Dec 2020
The Sikhs love a good fight, and that's what the Modi government has given them.
The mystery death of Pakistan's 'holy warrior'Rediff.com5 Dec 2020
Khadim Hussain Rizvi is now gone. But the mass appeal of fundamentalism among Pakistan's burgeoning, young, illiterate, unemployed and angry population isn't, observes Shekhar Gupta.